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PUBLISHED: 4:49 PM on Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Juneau author selected for American Book Award

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  Juneau author Peter Metcalfe was selected as a winner of the twenty-seventh annual American Book Awards for his book, "Gumboot Determination: The History of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium."
Juneau author Peter Metcalfe was selected as a winner of the twenty-seventh annual American Book Awards for his book, "Gumboot Determination: The History of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium." The 240-page illustrated book documents the history of Alaska Native healthcare in Southeast Alaska.

The American Book Awards, established by the Before Columbus Foundation in 1978, recognize outstanding literary achievement by contemporary American authors, without restriction to race, sex, ethnic background, or genre. The purpose of the awards is to acknowledge the excellence and multicultural diversity of American writing. Approximately one dozen writers are recognized each year for works that include novels, poetry, collected essays and histories.

The 2006 awards will be presented at a ceremony and reception in Oakland, California in late September.

Peter Metcalfe is a life-long resident of Juneau, Alaska. Since 1980, he has written and produced a wide variety of books, reports, newsletters and other publications for Alaska Native organizations, government agencies and private and non-profit businesses. In addition to Gumboot Determination, he is the author of Earning a Place in History: Shee Atik?, The Sitka Native Claims Corporation; and The First 25 Years: A History of Goldbelt, Incorporated.

For complete list of American Book Award winners, 2005 to 1980, go online to www.bookweb.org/news/awards/1293.html.


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